This is one plant that always reminds me of living back home with my parents, for they had a great clump of it growing over a wall in their back garden. I remember as a boy tending the border it was growing in, removing any weeds, and gently turning the soil with a small fork. I love the silver foliage which remains so all year round, and the white flowers which are in abundance from May to August, attracting all kinds of insects. It was only natural that I grow it in my own garden.
Naturalised throughout the British Isles. Found on roadside verges, dunes and waste ground. Flourishes well in the garden at the front of raised beds or borders, in full sunshine. Also ideal in rock gardens, and gives good ground colour. Introduced in 1648, common and widespread.
June 2012, rear garden, Staffordshire. Nikon Coolpix P500. © Pete Hillman 2012.